A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul.

While I was walking around the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra one month after Hurricane Maria in 2017, I saw that the panels boarding up the entrance to the Sylvia Rexach Theater had been taken down and were lying on the floor. I decided to take a look inside before it got dark, and I ended up spending around an hour there. Although my encounter with this structure was a somewhat chance occurrence, I was well aware that I was inside a mythical space, and its state of ruin was more than evident despite the recent natural disaster. In other words, it had suffered decades of abandonment and neglect. Two years later, I created a piece in this space for my first solo exhibition, which took place in Hidrante. I wanted to create something fresh and different, but that also included fortuitous recurring ideas from my work, the relationships between different species, and actively doing nothing.

 

The empty proscenium of the Sylvia Rexach Theater appears to ambiguously lack all the defining elements of a theater space. The main floor, which was also deserted, contains nothing but light and rubble. There is no audience or show. Venus and I move around the area, processing the information that we take in. Visually and intuitively, we operate in two registers—memory and fiction. Everything that happens is for the camera. The temporality of this place is phantasmagorical and builds a sense of the majestic, where unlikely events could indeed become a reality. After all, it is still a device for the radical contemplation of time: a theater. This is just one of many abandoned cultural spaces in Puerto Rico.

While I was walking around the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra one month after Hurricane Maria in 2017, I saw that the panels boarding up the entrance to the Sylvia Rexach Theater had been taken down and were lying on the floor. I decided to take a look inside before it got dark, and I ended up spending around an hour there. Although my encounter with this structure was a somewhat chance occurrence, I was well aware that I was inside a mythical space, and its state of ruin was more than evident despite the recent natural disaster.

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